2020 Genesis GV80 Luxury SUV Filmed Testing, See First Interior Photos Too (Update)

Update 3/11/2019: As the Hyundai Group’s luxury arm, Genesis, approaches the final leg of development, we’re seeing more prototypes of the GV80 making their appearance both on and off the road. This time, we’ve filmed a prototype undergoing cold weather testing, while previously, we snagged the first photos of the interior, which you can see below, along with new information we’ve gathered.

Genesis is gearing up to introduce its first crossover later this year and spy photographers have caught the 2020 GV80 undergoing cold weather testing.

Previewed by the GV80 concept, the production model will be a mid-sized crossover that will compete with rivals such as the BMW X5 and Mercedes GLE.

While the prototype is heavily camouflaged, we can see the model will have a prominent “crest” grille which is similar to the one used on the 2020 G90. The camouflage also suggests the crossover will have quad headlights just like the concept.

Moving further back, the GV80 features a long hood and a gently sloping roof. The crossover also has slender roof rails, traditional side mirrors and large five-spoke alloy wheels that are wrapped in Michelin tires. Despite some attempts to disguise the greenhouse, previous spy photos have already revealed the production model will have an angular third quarter windows.

There isn’t much to see out back, but the GV80 has a dual exhaust system and what appears to be plastic body cladding on the lower bumper. We can also get a glimpse of the crossover’s taillights and large rear window.

Fancy interior that draws from the concept

Genesis’ concept model not only previewed the exterior appearance of the GV80, but up to a point, the interior as well. As you can see from these images, despite the extensive zebra-cladding, we can still make the connections to the study. Of course, it won’t be as flashy or extreme, but the basic dashboard layout, as well as some other elements like the steering wheel shape and the wide LED screen above the center console, will be maintained in a more consumer-friendly way.

Another detail worth mentioning is that even the knurled metal wheel that surrounds a round glass touchpad for the infotainment system and which on the concept, supported tapping, swiping and pinching gestures, has made it to the production prototype.

Genesis SUV Concept from 2017

What you’ll find under the hood

Genesis has been tight-lipped about the GV80, but the model is expected to ride on the same rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the redesigned G80 sedan. Aside from all-wheel drive, the crossover is also slated to have an assortment of different engines including a V6 and a V8. There’s no specifics at this point, but Genesis already offers a twin-turbo 3.3-liter V6 with 365 hp (272 kW / 370 PS) and a 5.0-liter V8 that develops 420 hp (313 kW / 425 PS), so expect to see both of them on the SUV.

Prepare to pay less than the German competition

As with other Genesis models, we expect the GV80 to be offered at much lower prices than its European rivals, with the V6 model to likely start well under $50,000.

 

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Picture credits: CarPix & S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • no25

    The shape (so far) isn’t too bad, but if this looks anything like the updated G90, it won’t be a looker.

  • Scott Owen

    Nobody is going to buy a hyundai in the BMW market lol

    • Mike anonymous

      I would buy this over a BMW. (Especially considering the Hydrogen Powertrain variant that they said would be coming with this).

    • Rocket

      Maybe not if all they care about is the badge. But for the savvy among us, I’m sure it’ll be worth a look. I’m also confident there are more than a few disappointed BMW owners looking for the experience they thought they were buying from the Munich brand.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      Isn’t that what they said about Lexus in the beginning?

    • bd0007

      There already have been quite a few who have gotten a G70, G80 or G90, not to mention some who (gasp!) have gotten a Kia (Stinger).

  • charlotteharry57

    Obviously a gussied up and WAY overpriced Palisade/Telluride (both are probably WAY overpriced to begin with).

    • Rocket

      Not even remotely related.

      • Rani

        Apparently the GV80 will be the first to have it’s own Genesis-branded infotainment system.

      • charlotteharry57

        See my reply up.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      It’s based on the RWD G80 platform so it’s completely different. You should try reading the paragraph.

      • charlotteharry57

        OK. But I did read the paragraph and I still think the former. RWD, oh great, just what we need.

        • Stigasawuswrecks

          My brother just bought a G80 through my recommendation and he loves it. It’s gonna be an AWD variany of it since the G80 already offers one so they have the drivetrain sorted out already.

        • bd0007

          It will be on a new RWD platform that will also underpin the next gen G80.

          From the spy shots, can tell it is a RWD-longitudinal platform.

          Short overhangs and long hoodline.

    • bd0007

      You’re mistaking Lexus, Infiniti and Acura for Genesis.

      • Jay

        How? The everything they mentioned are Hyundai/Kia. Unless you’re referring to how they badge engineers their own vehicles from Toyota, Infiniti and Honda. You’d still be incorrect though as this isn’t an overpriced Palisade or Telluride.

        • bd0007

          My point is that Lexus, Infiniti and Acura crossovers all use cheaper FWD platforms for their underpinnings.

          Genesis (at least for the GV80 and GV70) crossovers will be on a proper RWD lux platform.

      • charlotteharry57

        Maybe Amanti.? Mazdas up market…..

        • bd0007

          Mazda is still transverse FWD, just like the Lexus, Infiniti and Acura CUVs (and the Palisade/Telluride).

          The GV80 and GV70 are longitudinal RWD.

  • Dude

    Oh come on. With each sighting it seems farther from the concept. Where are the cool split tail lights?

    • Mike anonymous

      To my knowledge they are still there. I had seen some images online a few months back before a majority of the signings began on some Korean site, and it still had the split quad tail lights/lamps. I unfortunately can’t find the images or the site, but I found some other images online showing the vehicle still in body cladding.

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/68860132530628b3d8046525485086e3a219d56a7112732b76e9f74e1a4033cf.png

      Again, they will still be there. But expect this (when it is revealed) to look extremely similar to the concept. They are doing a good job hiding the exterior (as that’s the main point of the body cladding).

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    Feel like wasting your money? Do you LOVE crippling depreciation? Are you the kind of person who loves spending thousands of dollars on a made up name with no prestige? Then this is the crossover for you!!!!

    • baofe

      ^Generic badge snobbery comment.
      Gotta start somewhere and frankly I think they are doing an alright job.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        Alright isn’t good enough. In order to persuade people to invest their money into a no name brand, it will have to be BETTER than the Germans/British/Japanese competition and much cheaper. Given that everyone else isn’t standing still, why would you buy this?

        The truth isn’t always popular :D.

        • Maher

          What are you even talking about?
          Have you seen the G70’s reviews? It costs way less than the Germans, while offering the extra features those brands charge you thousands for as a standard. It’s luxurious, have great driving dynamics, and is coming from a brand that builds the most reliable cars out there.
          As mentioned above, you’re the typical brand snob who won’t accept the fact that the Koreans are going after the big brands oit out there.

          • ErnieB

            I’ll add that the Stinger looks ways nicer and more imposing than its German counterpart.. definitely nicer than any Japanese offering ..

          • Black Stealth

            Yes, Stinger is powerful and nice looking car.
            But here in Japan it is not available.
            So sad.
            I will settle for Next-gen Mazda 6 this time.

          • charlotteharry57

            Yeah the G70 is just like the Infiniti G35. WASTED.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Oh I can accept it, I just don’t think they’re good enough and when we are talking about thousands of dollars then damn right I am going to be a badge snob. What you’re saying is that it’s reasonably competitive, but it isn’t better, which is my point. In order to persuade people out of established brands, they have to offer something better and they haven’t. They are merely just another choice. Add in the fact that it LOOKS completely generic, then it shows they still have a long way to go.

            Your idea of luxury and mine are very different. I sat in one recently and felt like I was sitting in a gussied up Sonata. According to Car and Driver “the G70’s interior isn’t as overtly luxurious as that of the Mercedes-Benz C-class or the Audi A4”. I agree. It also isn’t that much cheaper. The Guilia, A4 and 3 series are all priced similarly to the G70.

            They sat in a board room and made up a name to try and compete with the Germans and the Brits. You don’t get to be premium simply by saying you are. It took Lexus the best part of 30 years to earn it’s place on the podium and it will be the same for this. If you wanna put your money in a “genesis” and be the guinea pig, then knock yourself out. Looking by the sales figures, they could do with your help 🙂

          • pissedoffjuicebox

            >It also isn’t that much cheaper. The Guilia, A4 and 3 series are all priced similarly to the G70.

            Really? Spec out all of the above with similar power, features, and warranty of a G70. This guy is delusional.

          • Enter Ranting

            Waaaaaaaa, the Koreans made a luxury brand, and it hurts my feewings!

        • Galaxium

          The G70 won MotorTrend’s Car of the Year, Car&Driver’s 10Best, North American Car of the Year, and many more. Note that C&D have historically been harsh on Korean autos.

          Even the smaller auto reviewers on YouTube have said the G70 is a better all-rounder than the 3-series.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            The you tube reviewers eh. Well that’s persuaded me!

        • Cobrajet

          British and Japanese, they will have a chance.

    • Rocket

      Feel like wasting your money? There’s a brand in Munich that offers a product that’s both way overrated and way overpriced. Has a popular badge though. Knock yourself out.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        Yet it is leagues ahead of anything that Hyundai produces. There is a reason why the 3 and 5 series are icons and nothing from Hyundai or Kia are.

        • Rocket

          The kind of bullshit a worshipper of the blue and white roundel would say. Unfortunately for you, I’ve had the displeasure of owning the brand, so I know precisely how overrated it is. Easily the single worst automotive experience of my life.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Unfortunately for me? It sounds like it was very unfortunate for you. Learn the difference between “worship” and experience. You clearly don’t know the difference. Why would I give a fk about what experience you’ve personally had with a car? I don’t. I’ve had 4 of them and loved each one. Anecdotal experience isn’t a true example of the overall brand. You had a lemon, sucks for you. People have had bad experiences with Toyota Camry’s: are they bad too?

          • Rocket

            Unfortunate for you that some of us know the truth. While we might have fallen for the marketing at one time, the blinders are off. But you go ahead and keep drinking the Kool Aid. You’re not alone, although there are fewer of you these days. I suspect the trend will continue.

            And for the record, it wasn’t just that the car was a lemon. Even when the POS wasn’t in the shop it was a disappointment.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Dude, I switch my cars every 3 months. I have that option. I have had more experience with cars in one month than you have your whole lifetime. But please: continue to be pressed about MY opinion. You’re an idiot.

          • Rocket

            Name calling … pretty much exactly where I thought an intellectual like yourself would go. Thanks for not disappointing me.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Name calling? You’re a hypocrite the moment you started talking about “kool aid”. It was a shady dig so at least admit it. I also didn’t say what mileage I did so I stand by my original assertion that you are indeed an idot. And guess what? I HAVE owned several Korean cars and most of them were pieces of sh1t. Btw, all not my choice.

        • bd0007

          And yet, the G70 has widely been reviewed as being better than the F30.

          As for the G20, while it has widely been lauded for its chassis, the steering feel is underwhelming.

          Plus, Hyundai was picked as Top Gear’s Manufacturer of the Year.

          Hyundai is ahead of BMW when it comes to BEVs, much less FCEVs.

    • bd0007

      The Germans LEAD in depreciation.

      Also, depreciation is calculated from MSRP and not ATP and since one can usually get a pretty decent deal on a Genesis, the depreciation hit is not nearly as bad as get the “savings” up front.

    • Cobrajet

      Repair and servicing costs will be cheaper though.

    • D4VE THEFIRST

      That’s not your money and not your business.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        And it’s not ur business to comment on me ok fckface?

        • D4VE THEFIRST

          Stfu kid

    • Enter Ranting

      Desperate to appear wealthy to total strangers surrounding you at a traffic light? Get a cheap lease on a Mercedes or BMW. I’m impressed by what Genesis is doing, and my sensibilities aren’t threatened by them. Remind me, was “Lexus” a made-up name when Toyota started a luxury division?

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        However, your sensibilities ARE threatened by my opinion. Hence you’re replying to a two month old comment lol. Oh and yes Lexus was a made up name and still is. Hence why it remains nowhere in Europe and does well in the market it was designed for – dumb Americans.

        • Enter Ranting

          What amazing country do you call home, genius? Is it on the continent that started TWO world wars? Choad.

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Aww is your national pride hurt now? Tough Cheese Turdstain. What an insignificant slug you are. LMAO

          • Enter Ranting

            I’m sorry, I didn’t catch the name of your country. Too ashamed to admit where you’re from?

          • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

            Nah, I’ll leave you dangling. I mean, I could literally pick any country in the world and you would be none the wiser – which I suspect is your status quo on a daily basis lmao.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    better than XT6 for sure

    • ErnieB

      The xt6 has set the bar really low for mide sized luxury SUVs.

      • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

        Tbh, if you’re that low, I don’t think you can even reach the bar. Hard to set the bar when it’s been set so high by other brands.

  • MarketAndChurch

    It has nice proportions. This is the first Genesis designed from the ground up with this new design language, so the have no excuses or limitations other than that of their creativity and imagination.

  • kDawg

    I’m excited about this.

  • bd0007

    There have been spy shots w/ less cladding and even an interior shot (looks pretty nice, albeit no view of the dash).

    Likely motor will be the new 3.5T and maybe the new 2.5T tied to a hybrid system.

  • EL CHAPO THA GREAT

    CS is always sensitive with comments.

  • Matteo Tommasi

    I don’t know how you can call the X5 or GLE midsize SUV, I guess only in US you can say that.

    • donald seymour

      Yep.

    • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

      Then you can’t have driven an Escalade. Lol

      • Matteo Tommasi

        For example, here in Europe we have Audi Q2, Q3, Q5, Q7, and the last one is as big as those. How can the Q7 be midsize?

        • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

          Because, in comparison to any of GM’s largest, the Q7 is essentially a glorified station wagon. If I recall correctly, some roads in Europe are tighter than others, right? Well, tight roads need tight vehicles like the Q7. It may be a 3 row CUV/SUV, but you don’t exactly have sprawling room. Even the aforementioned X5 is looked at as midsize, like you said. Previous, at least for the US, it was only a 2 row SUV. And when the GL (now GLS) came out, it was definitely smaller. Up until recently, like the Lexus RX, the X5 didn’t have a 3rd row. I don’t know what they’re considered to be at this point however, because they’ve gone the way of the Q7 (glorified station wagons) should leave that the all-road vehicles).

  • Black Stealth

    Cadillac’s pentagon grille.
    Volvo’s Headlights.

    • bd0007

      Mazda and Acura also use a pentagonal-shaped grille.

      And Genesis went to that since Hyundai uses a hexagonal-shaped grille – which they started using before Audi, Ford, Datsun and others (such as Toyota on certain models).

      Didn’t know that Volvo used a quad headlight design.

  • Harry_Wild

    What is suppose to look like a Range Rover Sport?

  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    50 years eh? Oh let’s all wait half a century until Hyundai is competitive with the Germans lol

    • D4VE THEFIRST

      It is right now.

      • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

        It isn’t. But I digress. You wanna put 50K in a Hyundai. KNOCK URSELF OUT!

  • no25

    How come this article has been “updated” with interior pics and y’all didn’t even post them? smh

  • Mike anonymous

    The GV80 will be nearly identical to (if not share many of the details of) the Concept, As it if the FIRST NEW Genesis model to feature their new design language (which as of today has ONLY been shown-off/released in conceptual form, in the form of the GV80, & Essentia, Concepts).

    I just wanted to clarify to most folks about the actual development process of this vehicle. It was originally developed alongside the concept vehicle, and the concept actually was built and modeled around the production vehicle. With the exact same team of designers that made the concept, working to develop the production model (where as most companies hand/pass the concepts off to completely different teams entirely). Genesis wanted to take an unconventional approach to build something great as ‘This is their FIRST new model‘ that is not a lately released, or facelift/updated version of an older model.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3642a4f6b1e004ef98b5b04595557afb643fbd8e00e7558dae73f3a09b30df4c.png

    This vehicle will be competing with vehicle such as the Mercedes Benz GLS, the (full size) Range Rover, and other vehicles in the luxury full-size SUV space. This vehicle is a bit bigger than it might let on in the photographs, but I am sure many of you already can see this. Essentially (no pun intended) Expect something around the size (externally/internally) of the Bentley Bentayga.
    This means the interior (there may be an option for 3 rows, but I am not sure of that likelihood, to my knowledge it) will be 2 rows. The rear seats having a considerable amount of room (in a small package) as shown above. (Again, similar to the Bentayga (maybe not in luxury, but certainly) in size).

    Genesis plans to make this their range topping SUV (for now), so right now, this is going to be not only their biggest vehicle, but when it comes to luxury, technology, etc,. it will be their best. Many of the conceptual features shown off in the GV80 Concept, will make it into the production Model (especially the center cluster/front seat dash). Of course there will be the obvious addition of things such as cup-holders, and the new button controls as you can see in the photographs, etc.

    I personally like the focus of Genesis, in comparison to most other luxury brands, and that is because their focus seems to be on building a LUXURY BRAND FIRST (opposed to; chasing down sales and following ‘market trends’ for immediate (and not long term) profit). I really appreciate a company that is dedicated and really putting their best foot forward and I certainly am looking forward to finally seeing what Genesis’ “Best Foot Forward (at least so far) truly Looks like.

    • baofe

      Might I recommend simplifying your comment. No one wants to read a entire passage after an article. It also doesn’t hurt to use less of this nonsense.

      • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

        I didn’t mind it at all. It was informative and I personally enjoyed reading it. Lol But I do agree on that last point. How do you do that anyway?

        • Mike anonymous

          Lol thank you @maximiliannorlanderabbitt:disqus , I really appreciate that.

          Regarding the extra stuff at the end, there are a number or reasons I do this, and this, and this, and that. It is primarily because I either want to better convey my words into text, or to point something out so people understand (some) of my points without having to read the whole thing. I also ‘do this’ for things I don’t think are super important to read and that you can skip over if you’d like, (again) because I know is a bit long.

          As for ‘how’ I do it, (I’m not sure how it may be for mobile devices, but I use my computer,) you highlight an area and then select from the Text customizations (these things: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/de8b5ef72c66e48183ca7cc2837e6c2053fc256a142e4d20a5de32fac00f4563.png ) what you’d like to use… Or you can use the direct codes, but I find the highlighting easier.

          Also to @baofe:disqus & yourself, I know not everyone will likely read what I write (due to length) and not everyone has to, but for those that do I am glad that it is appreciated. So Again (& i apologize for the long reply), thank you. 🙂

          • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

            Haha! Happy to do something appreciable 🙂 And ohhhhhhh, I legitimately never noticed those until you pointed them out. It’s one of those “can’t un-see things”, ha! It’s literally below what I’m typing now. How have I been so blind? Lol Anyway, thank you for your response; I can definitely relate to wanting to convey how you meant something through text 🙂 Heheh, fun

          • Mike anonymous

            Thank You again, No worries, Your welcome, & no problem. Haha, I understand you replied about half a day ago (12hrs ago as of now), but it is a new day for me where I am. I just wanted to let you know that your reply brought a huge smile to my face when I read through it. It certainly brightened my day a bit more, hopefully your having a great day where you are too! So (lol sorry, last time) again, Thanks.

  • Bash

    This sure will be more interesting than the XT6, the question is, how would this do against the public loved Aviator.

  • Maximilian Norlande Rabbitt

    I’m excited. The G90 is gorgeous and the more revealing spy shots look great! I’ve been waiting on the split head/taillights since the HDC8

  • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

    So it will be Telluride / Palisade third brother

    • david santiago

      No, its RWD based on the g80 platform. Completely different car.

      • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

        I thought Telluride/Palisade already share the underpinning including the chassis and engine with the genesis as the engine is even the more common use 3.8 in 80 & 90 seires

        • david santiago

          They use the same base engines but both Telluride and Palisade are on FWD bias platforms. The gv80 should use an upgraded engine as well.

          • Сафиуллина-Мохамед Рамазанов

            Thanks for the tip

        • bd0007

          For its V6 engine, the GV80 will be getting a new 3.5L V6 in turbo form (not clear if it will get a NA V6).

  • TB

    All I see is camo and a bunch of wires hanging out….

  • Rocket

    This is the model that’s going to make or break Genesis. Looks good so far.

  • DM

    I hope it doesn´t end up looking too blingy with excessive chrome.

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